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YES. - PFW's top 100 free agents
We can say this much for the 2012 free-agent class: There have been worse years to be looking for WR help. About one in six players in PFW's list of the top 100 free agents is a wide receiver. Four of the top 10 free agents — Pittsburgh's Mike Wallace, San Diego's Vincent Jackson, Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson and Kansas City's Dwayne Bowe — are Pro Bowl receivers.

NFL Combine: Ten Prospects Who Stock Was Impacted by the Combine | Articles
When the NFL Combine fires into action in late February, your casual and die-hard fans, and even more so draftniks and scouts are anxiously awaiting the times, numbers, and workouts posted by the NFL’s next group of superstars. The venue on field of Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, is one of palpable tension and nervousness on the part of the players, as well as pent up energy, focus, and drive boiling out of those same players.

Clemson looks to continue tradition of high-round D-linemen - NFL - -
In each of the past five drafts, Clemson has had at least one defensive lineman selected, including four players in the first two rounds, and the streak won't end this year, despite pretty uneven results so far by the former Tigers' stars. End Andre Branch and tackle Brandon Thompson both are highly regarded prospects, each of whom scored some points at the combine, and they can be perceived as players on the rise.

Pead, TE Robinson impress at Cincinnati Pro Day -
Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead elected not to run the 40-yard dash again at Cincinnati's Pro Day Friday due to the fact that he'd already clocked an impressive time a week previous at the 2012 Scouting Combine but that didn't stop him from helping his cause, according to a source on hand for the workout.

Hillis describes lowball offer from Browns | ProFootballTalk
Running back Peyton Hillis remains interested in staying with the Browns. Hillis told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that he’s willing to give the team a "hometown discount"; he shared with Cabot an offer the Browns made last year that seems to be only a step or two removed from a "five-finger discount."

Peyton Hillis of Cleveland Browns denies retirement, CIA consideration - ESPN
Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis denies that he considered retirement and a career with the CIA during his injury-shortened 2011 season. Hillis told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer on Friday that he never told his coaches he was considering ending his career. "I never one time mentioned anything to any coach about retirement or joining the CIA or anything like that. It's 100 percent false," Hillis told the paper.

Dontari Poe: Legit Top 10 prospect? | National Football Post
What does the tape say about the Memphis standout?

On whether quarterbacks drafted early in the NFL are better than ones drafted later | Smart Football
From Phil Birnbaum: As you’d expect, the early draft choices got a lot more playing time than the later ones. Even disregarding seasons where they didn’t play at all, and even *games* where they didn’t play at all, the late choices were only involved in 1/4 as many plays as the early choices. Berri and Simmons don’t think that’s a problem. They argue — as does Gladwell — that we should just assume the guys who played less, or didn’t play at all, are just as good as the guys who did play. We should just disregard the opinions of the coaches, who decided they weren’t good enough.

Recapping The Combine: 3 Up, 3 Down " Pick 256
The general wisdom is that the Combine is used to confirm what you have seen on tape throughout the course of a player’s collegiate career. Too often, fans and even some experts overstate the importance of the week long scouting event in Indianapolis. A guy who runs a bad 40 has "seen his stock plummet!" and a guy who tears up the bench press is "a budding monster!". Indeed, the physical drills at the Combine are less important than what happens behind closed doors in the physicals and interviews – things that the average fan, blogger and even most in the media are not privy to. It won’t be until the draft is over, or near over, that you’ll hear reports about "apparently player X failed a lot of his medical exams at the combine" or "player Y had character issues that came up." - Patriots, Anderson look like good match
• We hear the odds are strong that Seahawks UFA S Atari Bigby will re-sign with the team and continue to play a very valuable role as both a key reserve on the field and a solid mentor for the younger players off the field. "They like him a lot, the way he handles that nickel safety role like (Giants and former Seahawks S) Deon Grant," said one team source of the ex-Packer. "I don't see him being paid as a starter elsewhere."

Recent video appears to show Peyton Manning throwing deep | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The video you see here is certainly not of the best quality (something we'd expect out of a Metallica bootleg circa 1986), but if what it shows holds out through the preseason, the NFL quarterback market will be that much more interesting over the next few months.

Lloydesque Sleeper: ECU WR Lance Lewis | The Rookie Scouting Portfolio
Brandon Lloyd was the subject of the second football-related article I ever wrote. This was two years before I launched the Rookie Scouting Portfolio. Lloyd was a fourth-round pick in his second year with the 49ers and he was beginning to make plays like the ones above.

NFL - Best fits for Mario Williams, Peyton Manning, top free agents - ESPN
Bonus free agent Peyton Manning: Seattle Seahawks We all know that Manning is 99 percent likely to be cut by the Indianapolis Colts by March 8, so let's assume he's healthy enough to play and figure out where he's going to go. The best fit for Manning probably depends on what he's looking for. Does he want a team more likely to make a Super Bowl run or a team where he can put up big numbers with a great receiver? If it's the latter, the clear choice is Arizona, where he can play with Larry Fitzgerald.

However, even in the NFC West, the Cardinals don't seem particularly close to a playoff appearance. Many observers believe that Manning fits best in Washington, because the Redskins have a good, young defense that could pair with a Manning-led offense to make a Super Bowl run. However, that's not a good reason for Manning to pick Washington over Seattle or Miami. Based on Football Outsiders ratings, the Redskins defense was ranked 14th last season, lower than Seattle (10th) or Miami (11th) -- and they play in the NFC East. Since the Seahawks have about twice as much cap space as the Dolphins and Flynn fits Miami as a cheaper, lesser alternative, we'll send Manning out west where he can try to teach Zach Miller how to be Dallas Clark.

Combine didn't produce handshake deals like it has before | National Football Post
Delay before start of free agency likely reason

Oregon running back to transfer | National Football Post
Yet another Texas running back has decided to leave Oregon. Tra Carson, who rushed 45 times for 254 yards and a touchdown as a true freshman in 2011, has decided to leave the program, according to Rob Moseley of The Register-Guard.

Worth the risk? | National Football Post
Peyton Hillis and Marques Colston are headed for free agency. Is either player worthy of a serious financial investment? news: Video shows Manning throwing at Duke University
Manning was accompanied by receivers Brandon Stokley, Austin Collie and tight end Dallas Clark at this week’s workouts, conducted under the supervision of Duke head coach David Cutcliffe (Manning's offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee). Manning had been working out in South Florida, before this most recent set of sessions.

Peyton Manning throwing at Duke Friday March 2, 2012 - YouTube news: Saints' 'pay for performance' system commonplace in NFL
The news of the New Orleans Saints operating a "bounty" program from 2009 to 2011 under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has created quite a stir since the news broke Friday, but I will let you in on a dirty little secret: The practice is commonplace throughout the league.

Reading between the lines with Schneider on Manning - Blog -
Brock Huard didn't refer to Peyton Manning by name, but it was clear who he had in mind when he asked general manager John Schneider on Thursday whether a quarterback can have too big a personality to make him a fit with the Seahawks. Mike Salk says in Thursday's Wrap Up video that Schneider's response, as well as his previous comments, suggests an interest in Manning.

710 ESPN Interviews - Podcasts -
Weeden told "The Kevin Calabro Show" that he doesn't miss playing professional baseball and that his age will work to his advantage in the NFL.

New look for CenturyLink
The stadium known as CenturyLink Field turns 10 this year, and the Seahawks are celebrating by putting in a state-of-the-art FieldTurf playing surface and also upgrading the scoreboards.

What could happen to Gregg Williams - NFC West Blog - ESPN
The New Orleans Saints are in trouble — deep, deep trouble — for the bounties they offered for knocking out opposing players.

WR Michael Floyd at No. 12? A few things to consider - Blog -
Upgrading at wide receiver wouldn't qualify as one of the Seahawks' most pressing needs -- not with a long-term question mark at quarterback, a lack of a proven pass-rushing threat outside of Chris Clemons and potential holes to fill at linebacker.

A few minutes with Shea McClellin | Seahawks Insider
One player moving up the draft boards after his performance at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine in Boise State edge rusher Shea McClellin. McClellin measured in at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds in Indianapolis.